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Departments: What ATP Sanitation Systems Cannot Do
Screwdrivers are designed with the intent to do one thing well: Drive screws, but the designers’ intent doesn’t stop screwdrivers from being used poorly as chisels, pry bars, door knobs, fondue forks, lawn darts, etc., etc. Likewise, ATP (adenosine triphosphate) sanitation monitoring systems are designed to do one thing extremely well: Detect and measure ATP on surfaces and in liquids as a method of determining the relative cleanliness of the surface or liquid. But the designers’ intent...
A letter received by Pepsi Co. in May offered a lot more from Coca-Cola than a smile. A whacky plot formulated by a tacky trio of culprits involved the sale of recipes for some Coca-Cola products and details of future promotions ($15,000) as well as a sample of a new beverage that has yet to be introduced ($75,000).
Features: The DNA of Crisis Management
Television shows highlighting the techniques and intricacies utilized in criminal investigations are gaining a foothold among America’s television viewers.
Preparing for a crisis is the area that I would like to discuss in this first article. There are three stages at which crises can be addressed: Before, during and after a situation occurs.
Each package of raw poultry sold in this country has this stamp on the label: “Inspected for wholesomeness by U.S. Department of Agriculture.” It also displays the establishment number of where the poultry was processed.
Departments: Personal Hygiene and Food Safety
Due to a heightened public awareness as a result of all types of media coverage concerning foodborne illnesses, the level of training for employees working in the food industry in general needs to be increased. This is a responsibility that the food industry has to their clients and the general public. Employers have a responsibility to provide a well-designed, informational training program for employees to follow while on the job. It is important that this training be communicated in language that all...
Departments: Hazard or Hype?
Over the past several years, there have been a number of reports claiming that the use of antibacterial hand soaps may lead to the development of “supergerms.” According to these reports, supergerms would be resistant not only to the antibacterial agents used in soap products, but would likely develop resistance to commonly used antibiotics as well. Despite the attention-grabbing headlines such reports have generated, the facts simply do not support these assertions.
Features: Desperate Defense
Sumeyya Mamuk loves animals and cared for many a stray puppy or kitten in the Yalim Erez neighborhood of Van, Turkey.
The incidence of foodborne illness linked to fresh fruits and vegetables has increased significantly during the past three decades15. Escherichia coli O157:H7 and Salmonella, both previously regarded as pathogens linked to foods of animal origin, have emerged as common agents of produce-related outbreaks. Initial research into the safety of fresh produce focused primarily on surveys to determine the prevalence of pathogens, as well as the efficacy of various sanitation methods to remove or inactivate...
Departments: Effective Sanitation Programs
An effective sanitation program is essential to the overall success of any food handling operation. Good sanitation will be rewarded with improved morale, better productivity and a reduced chance of regulatory incidences or recalls. These are reasons why it is important that every food handling establishment develop an effective sanitation program.